A California court has ruled in the case of a bakery owner who refused to craft a cake for a gay wedding that to force her to do so would void her constitutional rights. While LGBTQ groups are calling this ruling a travesty, the fact is that to force someone to capitulate with their religious liberty is unconstitutional.
This case began when Cathy Miller refused to design a cake for a lesbian wedding because it conflicted with her religious beliefs. Miller did not refuse to serve the couple, she just refused to make an original design.
The judge ruled that:
“For this court to force such compliance would do violence to the essentials of Free Speech guaranteed under the First Amendment.”
Miller’s defense stated that:
“We are pleased that the judge recognized that the First Amendment protects Cathy’s freedom of speech,”
You see, she did not refuse to serve, but refused to use her artistic talents to do something she didn’t believe in.
What is most surprising is that this ruling is different to other similar court cases, and this happened in California of all places! Does this signify that there is hope for the California court system after all?
Nobody should be refused service, and if Miller had done this, she would rightly be punished. But this is a question of freedoms. It is a credit to the judge that this has been ruled on.